Each nose is unique and presents its own challenges when it comes to rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery).
Factors like skin quality, cartilage strength, structure, skin thickness, patient’s lifestyle, and more influence the final outcome, making it a complex surgery requiring a skilled and knowledgeable surgeon.
While this uniqueness requires rhinoplasty specialists to customize each procedure, general characteristics in ethnic rhinoplasty can help surgeons plan successful procedures and produce good outcomes. People of Middle Eastern descent, for instance, often struggle with a common nasal aesthetic issue–the dorsal hump.
What is a Dorsal Hump?
A dorsal hump is a protruding bump of bone and/or cartilage located on the bridge of the nose. It can make the nose appear large and wide from the front and appear as a large bump from the side. Many people who have dorsal humps wish to have them reduced for a smoother profile and smaller nose. How much of the hump should be removed is up to the patient, but many people opt for a totally smooth profile.
A dorsal hump is a very common reason for seeking rhinoplasty, so rhinoplasty specialists tend to have a lot of experience in resolving them. A typical hump reduction might involve the following techniques:
- Breaking the nasal bones (osteotomies) to reposition them
- Trimming of cartilage
- Placing spreader or other types of cartilage grafts
- Filing down the bony hump
Swelling will be present for up to a year to 18 months following surgery, but most of this resolves after a few months. Patients can usually return to work in 1-2 weeks following surgery.
While dorsal hump removal is a rather routine surgical task, there are a few problems that can occur due to poor surgical technique, unforeseen circumstances, and health complications. These can include:
- Under or over-resection of the hump (depending on patient’s desires)
- Nasal collapse
- Open roof deformity (nasal bones are too far apart, leaving an open space between them)
- Inverted V deformity
- Breathing problems
- Poor wound healing/scarring
Fortunately, in the hands of a competent surgeon, complications are rare provided the patient takes care to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions.
Ethnic rhinoplasty is not meant to “Westernize” the nose by operating to produce a more Caucasian appearance. Instead, ethnic rhinoplasty should be used to balance out the facial features and fix any deformities or aesthetic issues, while maintaining the essence of the patient’s appearance and ethnicity. A natural appearance and good nasal functionality are of the utmost importance in rhinoplasty surgery.
Don’t Settle for Inexperience
Choosing your surgeon is the most important decision you will make regarding rhinoplasty. There are many rhinoplasty surgeons who are talented but lack the experience working with a diverse patient base. Only with this experience can a surgeon truly create a custom surgical plan based on the patient’s unique nasal features.
Do your research and choose an experienced surgeon who has a great deal of experience in ethnic rhinoplasty for a variety of groups. During your consultations, prospective surgeons will discuss possible surgical plans with you and show you a computer-generated preview of your results. Keep in mind that this is an estimate only, and your actual results will differ somewhat from the images.
A Surgeon with Extensive Knowledge
If you’re looking for a surgeon with the in-depth knowledge needed for a successful rhinoplasty, then come to Revesse in Toronto to speak with acclaimed rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is highly skilled at nasal surgery for patients of a wide variety of ethnic groups, including patients of Middle Eastern descent. To learn more about Dr. Mounsey and to schedule your consultation, call Revesse at 416.438.2499 today.